• Dear Alexia,

    Thank you for your timely reporting!

    Since World War I’s ending in Armistice Day has morphed into Veteran’s Day, we as a nation have virtually lost touch with the fact that the vast majority of war-related deaths are civilians. Of the 87.5 million war-dead in the 20th Century, 33.5 million were soldiers… and 54 million… were civilians. Although it is extremely important to honor Veterans sacrifices, it is also vitally important that we reclaim Armistice Day’s original intent “… to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.”

    Veteran General Smedley Butler, participated in WW I in France, as well as military actions around the world during his 34-year career as a Marine. At the time of his death, he was the highest ranking military officer and the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. At the end of his career, Butler became an outspoken critic of U.S. “war-policy” and wrote a book entitled, “War Is A Racket” in which he explained in detail how powerful global economic influences pressure our political decision-makers to choose war instead of peace.

    When we fail to remember the overall catastrophic loss of life (and the environment) due to war, and fail to seek mutual understanding between nations, we set ourselves up to be the mongers of war instead of the perpetuators of peace.

    Vietnam era Navy Submariner and VFP111 member, Michael Jacobsen

  • Thank you so much, Alexia. Your great piece was such a welcome relief from from the annual regurgitation of propaganda the public is subjected each November. I’ve got to believe that more and more of us are beginning to question the true costs of endless US wars, and you’re helping to move the narrative in that direction.

    Also, the Bellingham Veterans For Peace chapter website for updates, articles and events is http://www.vfpbellingham.org.

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